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Suicide Squad proves we need more superhero video games

Suicide Squad proves we need more superhero video games Image: Warner Bros

Despite what seems to be a never-ending stream of negative press surrounding the film, Suicide Squad continues to pick up steam. The ensemble supervillain blockbuster has proven to be a resounding success. Riding the antihero wave of this year’s other surprise comic book hit, Deadpool, the movie is packed with colourful characters, bad attitudes, and pop music. This has helped to provide a decidedly more light-hearted antidote to the dour affair that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

While it has received its fair share of mixed reviews, the movie managed to make itself a boatload of money. The film stayed at number one at the box office despite a 67.3 percent drop in attendance, slightly less than the 69 percent drop experienced by Dawn of Justice in its second weekend. In total, the movie has brought in a massive $222.9 million in the United States alone, more than enough to help keep the DCEU afloat and drum up further interest in the forthcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films.

With the popularity of superhero movies, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that studios want to squeeze every ounce of profitability out of them that they can. Now, DC is looking to further capitalise on its wave of success through with a game. Suicide Squad: Special Ops is a first-person shooter that puts players in the shoes of one of three different villains: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Diablo. The game is out for iOS, PC, and even VR. Each character comes equipped with their own trademark weapon. Harley has her beloved baseball bat, Deadshot has his gun, and Diablo has his fire. The free-to-play game is also refreshingly free of in-app purchases and has been receiving rave reviews. In fact, the game is so successful it makes you wonder why Marvel isn’t doing this too.

The company has already developed plenty of spin-off games for mobile devices but has been hesitant to fully commit to anything that could be considered a AAA title outside of its LEGO licenses. Marvel clearly has no issues with using its characters in video games, but it tends to stop short of offering a direct movie tie-in. This is especially true when it relates to console titles. However, some of Marvel’s best-known films have received the casual gaming tie-in treatment with a range of casino games based on The Avengers and Iron Man, among others. These games admirably incorporate the favorite characters of fans into otherwise traditional slot reels, adding a whole new level of appeal to these classic games. There’s clearly a market for these characters and we personally would have jumped all over a Captain America: Civil War video game if given the opportunity.

With bombastic action and incredible special effects, these movies are practically begging for their own video games. The discouraging number of titles available is certainly not for a lack of demand. Plenty of people have been calling for more quality superhero games for some time. We can only hope that the success of Suicide Squad will help to get comic companies to wake up and see the huge opportunity sitting right in front of their faces. In the meantime, you can find us playing Suicide Squad: Special Ops on our phones.


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